Air HK enhances regional air network

Due to the rapid increase in regional trade, Air Hong Kong has expanded its airfreight capacity between Hong Kong and Manila as well as to Beijing for its principal customer DHL, with plans for more services as demand rises. Wong Joon San reports.

For the Hong Kong-Manila service, Air Hong Kong is using a B727-200 freighter to augment its shipment from the previous 19 tonnes to 24 tonnes. It has also boosted its flight frequency from four to five times a week, representing a total payload capacity of 240 tonnes or a 58 percent rise inpayload capacity.

"The service provides better shipment security and also reduces the risk of cargo being off -loaded due to commercial planeconstraints," an Air HK spokesman said.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, exports from the Philippines to China grew by an average of 43.8 per cent between 2000 and 2005, while imports from China to the Philippines grew by an average of 30.5 per cent during the sameperiod.

Air Hong Kong’s enhanced Manila service aims to meet continued anticipated strong trade growth between the Philippinesand Hong Kong.

In January, Air HK also increased its capacity and frequency on its overnight Hong Kong-Beijing service to meet therising trade volumes in and out of China.

The Hong Kong-based air cargo carrier,a 60/40 joint venture between Cathay Pacific and DHL, said the Hong Kong-Beijingservice frequency has been boosted to 10flights weekly after adding new weekendflights, representing 25 per cent morecapacity.